|Project by Pimzedd||posted 03-28-2010 10:06 PM||3689 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
I have been a Lumberjock for over two years. During that time I have seen a number of comments expressing a concern about the loss of woodworking classes in schools. Having taught “woodshop” in the 70’s, I agree. Industrial Arts “shop class” made a big change in the 80’s and became Technology Education programs. The change eventually ended woodshop as we knew it in most schools. However, some of the “Vocational” programs still teach cabinet making as a pre-employment training program. Also, some carpentry programs include cabinet making as part of the course.
In Texas, a number of those courses still exist. Many of the students join an organization called SkillsUSA formerly known as VICA. In Texas, students may enter class built projects in a district level competition and if they receive a blue ribbon, they may advance to the Texas Skills and Leadership Conference. The 2010 conference was just held in Corpus Christi, TX and I thought you might like to see some of the work entered by high school students.
The bumper pool table, desk, and cedar cabinet were chosen as Best of Show. There were probably over 200 entries at the state contest.
The close up of the joint work on the corner of the bumper pool table shows the quality of the joint work . The desk was a combination of walnut and santos mahogany. The wavy portion of the legs on the desk had absolutely no mill marks or sanding marks and each wave was perfectly straight across the leg. I am happy to say that I was the judge for the cedar cabinet at the district level and am happy to see that it received a Best of Show rating at the state level. Please note that the door and drawer pulls on the cabinet are the brass ends of shotgun shells (it is from Texas). I included the Asian style bench after being very impressed with how the seat is made up of book matched walnut with the front and back edges being joined on an angle.
I have a number of other photos showing the work of other Texas high schools students that I will try and post in a blog.
I hope you are as impressed with the quality of the work of these high school students as I am. I believe it is outstanding. Given the opportunity and the right teacher, students can accomplish great things.
-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school